Nigeria begins evacuation of citizens abroad

Nigeria begins evacuation of citizens abroad

- The minister for foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has disclosed that Nigeria we will start the process of repatriating its nationals abroad on Wednesday, May 6

- Onyeama said that the evacuations will begin with a flight from UAE to Lagos, which will be followed by a flight from London to Lagos.

- The minister said the evacuees will be on mandatory quarantine in hotels and will be monitored for 14 days

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Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the British high commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, has disclosed that Nigerians in UK will be returning on a British Airways flight from Heathrow to Lagos on Friday 8 May.

Laing said the plane will then return British and dual nationals home to UK.

The envoy made the disclosure after the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has said that Nigeria we will start the process of repatriating its nationals abroad on Wednesday, May 6.

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Onyeama stated that the evacuations will begin with a flight from UAE to Lagos, which will be followed by a flight from London to Lagos.

Nigeria begins evacuation of citizens abroad

Onyeama says evacuations of Nigerians abroad will begin with a flight from UAE to Lagos. Photo credits: Geoffrey Onyeama
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The minister said the evacuees will be on mandatory quarantine in hotels and will be monitored for 14 days.

He said the biggest constraints relating to the evacuation of Nigerians abroad is where to quarantine them upon arrival.

Onyeama said the Nigerian government had engaged with its missions in the US and agreed to use the Ethiopian Airlines to bring back significant numbers of Nigerians home.

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Regarding the large numbers of Nigerians in China who need to come back, the minister said the government is trying to subsidize and make the financial burden that these evacuees have to face as light as possible.

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